Irina Matrenka (mother of Fedya and Senya)
My older son Fedya began attending the Discovery School from the age of 2,5 (he is 3 now). He had attended two schools previously, but we didn’t notice any effect. Besides that, Fedya showed practically no interest in the development lessons. In the music classes, he danced and played, but in the logic class, he was often distracted, and was shy about answering questions. Sometimes, he would simply just stare out the window, and sometimes even refused to go to class…
Having noticed the definite effect of the Bereslavsky method on Fedya, we decided to take our younger son, Senya, who was one year, four months. Frankly speaking, I didn’t count on Senya being able to study because at home, I couldn’t even play one game with him for over three minutes because he wouldn’t sit still. Also, Senya was frightened of people he didn’t know, and was shy and would close himself off in their presence. However, contrary to my expectations, Senya was not only able to sit at his desk for a full half hour, he showed great interest in his lessons, and displayed no fear or shyness. He chatted with the teacher, laughed, clapped his hands, and didn’t even want to leave school after class.
Olga Manuilova (mother of Fedya)
We have been studying at the Bereslavsky school for about a year. Our Fedya is now two and a half years old. Fedya takes great pleasure in going to school. The studies are structured in such a way that the kids simply have no time to be bored: There are quick changes from one class to the next, a bit of physical activity, and then classes in the development of logical thinking, attention-span development, ingenuity and perseverance. In the mini-groups, the teacher pays maximum attention to every child. When Fedya was a bit younger, he would often leave school in tears, wanting it to continue on. After school all students receive homework assignments which must be completed and reported on during the next visit to class. Along with full-time learning, we signed up for a correspondence course as well. We are sent a block of mandatory assignments via e-mail with similar methodological explanations, and straightforward examples. Fedya is delighted when doing these assignments, and even asks when we are going to study again?! Fedya has become noticeably more attentive, collected, perseverant, patient and more independent, motivated and inquisitive. He strives to finish every exercise, and strives to find the cause and effect relationships in every phenomenon. He focuses with ease on solving tasks and has collected a variety of puzzles and mazes.
Ashurova (mother of Dina, 8 years old, 2nd grade)
We came to the DiscoverySchoolat 3 years of age. Dina really enjoyed going to classes and doing homework. There were some problems with contact with other kids and adults, but the teachers always found ways to solve them. Now Dina is in 2nd grade and is taking an additional class in English. Her school teachers and I have noticed well-developed logical thinking skills, and the ability to “get” the essence of a problem.or situation, and she has a good notional memory. It’s enough for Dina to read a page of a story, and she can re-tell it in detail. I consider it an achievement of the Method that Dina knows how to organise her study process (The Discovery School begins emphasising this from 3 years of age onward). She can switch her attention from one thing to another, she has contact with other kids, is highly interested in computer science, and strives for success.
Dannil S (USA, 2nd grade)
When we first came to the School, our child was distinguished by his distractedness, inattentiveness and lack of physical activity. We started at 5 years of age. Thanks to the lessons at the School, we noticed the gradual appearance of interest in intellectual activity. He gladly did his homework, and became more diligent. He tried to think up assignments independently which he would then show to the teachers.
Our son is now attentive, and is happy to go to school. He loves maths and computers. He is also making friends, and fondly remembers the teachers and children at The Discovery School.
Alla (mother of Pavlik Komarov, 5 years old)
My son was severely disinhibited, disorganized, had had conflicts with other kids. Now, after half a year of lessons, he is still hyperactive, but really enjoys studying, and for a long time. He focuses on his assignments and really loves the partnering games on the simulator. He has asked if we can buy one.
Our child Sasha Vodolazskaya, who is 2,6 years of age, has been going to Professor Bereslavsky’s school for already 4 months.
Every lesson begins by working with the simulator. The kids enjoy playing with the coloured lights and do the assignments given to them by the teacher.
During the lesson, our girl learned to understand “corner,” “number,” “one-many,” “more-less,” “higher-lower,” and object & animal classification in the game “What Doesn’t Belong?”
Each lesson is constructed in play form, and thanks to that, we even play with counting sticks at home, and not only just for counting. We also build different little houses with them, and then search inside for the corners. Our tambourine is not just a musical instrument, but also an element in learning to count.
In order to learn the classification of objects and animals, fish, and insects, etc., we bought a tabletop card game called “Couple,” which we love playing. In order to understand what doesn’t belong on each card, one must first understand and grasp the different groupings.
Irina Voitova (mother of Nastya)
Nastya (3 years old) has been learning using the Bereslavsky method for 3 months (since 09 February). We wanted to begin earlier, but unfortunately, we could not because the group was full. I had called in August of last year, and was told there were no places left. This year, we “took a spot” from April to May. During the lessons, our child’s memory dramatically improved, as did her coordination and the agility of her fingers. Her interest in the actual process of learning increased as well. Nastya fell in love with the logic games, and the simple mazes, which she tries to follow with her finger. She is always searching for familiar geometric shapes, and she loves to draw them or lay them out with the sticks.
Before we started taking lessons under the Bereslavsky method, going to any lessons whatsoever required long negotiations with me vs. Nastya and her capricious behaviour. The lessons taught by the Bereslavsky method even gives parents food for thought to search for new ideas and forms for the child’s homework.
You rarely meet a person who can speak to children without flirtatious baby-talk, but at the same time gently and attentively. Irina Yureevna can convey the idea of the methodology to any child, respecting him as a person, and can find an individual approach to every child in keeping with his character, level of upbringing, and stage of development. For her, all the kids coming to class are little bunnies and sweeties whether or not their parents use those expressions at home. No matter how overwhelmed she is, she never raises her voice or shows any fatigue or dissatisfaction.
Yana Mikhailova (mother of Ilya)
I’d like to say a few kind words about theDiscoverySchool. After two years of going to lessons at the school, Ilya began to manifest himself more brightly than ever before.. For example (unusual in children), he independently did things which, when they didn’t work out for him, he tried achieve the best result to the end, without stopping half-way.
His memory was never bad, but now, at 7,5 years old, the child commits 2 lines of text to memory for two days ( for self-training). He likes to come up with new lessons similar to the ones he has already completed. He is able to anticipate danger, and suggest ‘what would happen…if…’ He understands text he has read after one reading.
He gets pleasure from his mathematics lessons. He likes to come up with problems and examples by himself. He does very well with such assignments as “Thinking Puzzles.” He comes up with 1 or 2 possible solutions.
We study poetry on our own, which he calls “word mathematics” (because everything is ordered, and one can see a result).
There are many more interesting things I can write, but the most important is that the love for the constant search for “complete comprehension” has been instilled in him.
With Respect and Gratitude
Ekaterina (mother of Vanya Pavlov)
My son Vanya is now almost 16 years old. 12 years ago, he spent 2 years studying at Leonid Yakovlevich’s school. I think..no, I am sure that these lessons didn’t simply help my son develop his mathematical thinking and logic, but also formed the basis, and a strong one, for the formation of his world view. He can, without returning to “0″ again, using logical steps (like events and images of objects) solve problems, and find solutions. The lessons at the School, taken at a young age, allowed him to form a variety of logical pictures in his mind which are identifiable immediately and allow him to instantly “grasp” the situation or the problem, etc.